The Festival


George Town Festival is an annual, month-long celebration of arts, culture, heritage and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations and collaborations from international and local artists alike. With over one hundred unique events each year, the Festival seeks to create new and vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future. Drawing thousands of visitors each year to Penang, George Town Festival is quickly becoming one of Asia’s must-see events.


To be the best festival in and beyond the ASEAN region and to become one of the world’s best event destinations.


To present an annual festival of art, music, theatre, dance, opera and film that will transform George Town into an exciting and unique platform for the arts and making arts accessible to the community through its month-long events.

Our Company


Joe Sidek Productions Sdn Bhd (JSPSB) is an events management company that is best known for running the  George Town Festival for the past 7 years. JSPSB has since gone on to start the successful Butterworth Fringe Festival, which is in its third year and will launch the Rainforest Fringe Festival this year in Kuching. JSPSB also managed the first Southeast Asian edition of the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest SEA in 2014. It ran again successfully in Penang for another round in 2015.

As an innovative and dependable events management company, we are deeply rooted in the belief that giving back to the community through the enhancement of the arts is our core motto. We wish to continue to play this pivotal role in the years ahead, bringing artistry back into city life.

George Town Festival